(hutch)14s web.jpgThe British Blue sale at Chelford topped at 3,600gns at the weekend for February 2011 born bull Cromwell Gladiator.

 

The sale saw one of the shortest entries of British Blues for many years at a Chelford sale. Something the British Blue Cattle Society said was an indication of how successful breeders have been in selling stock this year, with many reporting strong demand for on farm sales.

 

Those breeders that entered stock for Chelford met with a trade which reflected this demand, with, despite the short entry, a large number  of potential purchasers and breed enthusiasts descending on the centre, providing lively bidding throughout.

 

The day’s top price of 3,600gns was paid for the reserve male champion from Midlands based breeder Adam Neachell. By Bringlee Carlos, and out of the Royal Show female champion Tamhorn Up Town Girl, he was taken home to Shebbear, Devon, with former breed Society President, Ted Haste.

 

Strong bulls, ready to work, were once again most in demand, illustrated by the 3,100gns paid for the May 2010 born Kilworth Forman, from Andrew Fyfe.  By Gamin des 3 Frontieres, and out of the extremely well bred Bringlee Tandy, he returns to Creswell, Stoke-on-Trent with G A Hargreaves.

 

Messrs Redhead and Watson again made the long trip from their base in Berwick-upon-Tweed, in Northumberland, and were well rewarded when their November 2010 born bull Tweeddale Fonzie, sired by New Close Colonel out of the imported female Justesse de Fooz made 3,000gns to D G Foulkes, Denbigh, Clwyd. 

 

The pre-sale show judged by Kevin Watret from the Solway View Herd, Dumfries, saw the male championship awarded to the September 2010 born bull Betws Flash, exhibited by Gill and Rhys Bellis.  By Flash D’Izier and out of a cow sired by the impressive Tamhorn Sumo, Betws Crème, he returns to supplement the growing Cromwell Herd of Messrs Neachell, West Midlands.

 

The female championship was awarded to the September 2011 born young heifer Chardaney Gabrielle from Messrs Mycock, Buxton.  By Piraat Van Prokes, and out of the Affute sired Boothlow Amber, she attracted quite a lot of pre-sale interest, but was withdrawn by her vendors at 2,550gns and will be shown for the next year or two. 

 

The reserve female champion came from Messrs Hartley, Nelson, Lancashire.  The June 2011 born Pendle Gemini, by Newtown Blues Chico out of the Stowbeck Storm sired Pendle Vonnie, made 2,300gns to S W Mills, Sheffield. 

 

Leading the served heifers was Chardaney Ella, the Dafydd D’OChain sired heifer from Messrs Mycock, sold as scanned 3 months in calf to Piraat, and she made 1900 gns to return home to the Cromwell Herd of Messrs Neachell.

 

As with the Pedigree section of the sale, it was certainly a case of quality not quantity within the Crossbred, Show Potential entries.  There was small, quality number forward with trade reflecting the quality.

 

The show championship, judged by Stephen Hough from Pontefract, was awarded to a heifer from regular exhibitors J L and D A Davies, Warwickshire.  At sale time, several bidders chased her, but the heart of well known Buxton butcher Roy Mycock was set upon acquiring her for his farming and show team, and he eventually did at 2320gns. (below)

 

(hutch)304aS web.jpg The reserve champion, and second behind the champion in her class was a September born heifer calf from Brian Griffiths, Newton, Powys, another regular exhibitor at the Chelford sales.  She made 2080gns to Staffordshire based showman and exporter Lee Machin. 

 

Averages: 11 pedigree bulls, £2793.00; six pedigree females, £1,995.00; five crossbred steers, £1,302.00; 12 crossbred heifers, £1,801.82 (Frank Marshall)